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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bill.jpgWaynesburg University has promoted two senior administrators, effective July 1. 

Bill Dumire has been named Vice President for Information Technology Systems and Chief Information Officer, and Heidi Szuminsky has been named Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations.

“These two individuals’ vision and leadership have been invaluable,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Not only do they show commitment to our mission, they embody it. Their innovative thinking will continue to enhance the strategic direction of our University.” 

Dumire joined the University in 2013 as the Executive Director of Information Technologies with more than fifteen years of information technology support and leadership experience in higher education, healthcare and private sector environments. 

He directs the overall management and operation of campus-wide information technology resources. Among his accomplishments since joining Waynesburg, he has led the design, planning and implementation of a new information system infrastructure to better support the current and future needs of the University.

Dumire holds a bachelor’s degree in business information systems and a Master of Information Systems.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Heidi.jpgIn her ten years of employment at Waynesburg, Szuminsky has served in various leadership roles. In her most recent role as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, she has guided the alumni relations and development team to inform and engage graduates of the University and to promote philanthropic giving. 

Active in the community, Szuminsky serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Waynesburg and as a member of the Southwest Regional Medical Center Advocacy Committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greene County Tourism Promotion Agency.

Szuminsky holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a Master of Business Administration degree from Waynesburg University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative, earning a certificate in Leadership Development.

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Waynesburg University is now accepting applications for its new Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation (MACI) program, which will begin in the fall of 2015. 

“The MACI program was created to enhance the investigative abilities of working law enforcement officers, as well as those aspiring to have a career in criminal justice,” said Adam Jack, chairperson for the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department and assistant professor of criminal justice. “The course instructors are experts in their various fields, providing the students with valuable insights from years of casework and training.

Criminal Investigation is a 500 level graduate program for professionals and students who have completed the requisite undergraduate courses in Criminal Justice Administration or have comparable training, skills or professional experience relating to the field.

The program consists of courses such as Advanced Criminal Investigation, Advanced Crime Scene Investigation, Advanced Interview and Interrogation, Research in the Justice System and Effective Criminal Profiling.

Students pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Investigation will learn about ethical decision-making and leadership in the field as well as build upon their investigative skills. 

The Criminal Investigation courses will be offered at Waynesburg University’s main campus as well as the Southpointe, Monroeville and Seven Fields centers. Select courses can be completed online. 

For more information, contact James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, at jtanda@waynesburg.edu or Jack at ajack@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-17-community-bank-pledge_20150617-152722_1.jpgWaynesburg University has received a pledge from Community Bank toward the renovation of the University’s Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. 

“We are grateful for the generous support from Community Bank,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “This gift will certainly help us to provide a quality science facility for both the community and the region."

The $23 million renovation of Stewart Science Hall is the University’s largest renovation project in its history and will provide students with new laboratories and classrooms. The extensive six-year renovation project began in 2012 and is currently in its fourth phase. Phase four involves the full demolition and renovation of the third floor, which will house the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics.  

Located near the center of downtown Waynesburg, Stewart Science Hall is an integral part of the continued development of the Borough of Waynesburg. The building’s location improves the mixed-use nature of the commercial district and provides a steady source of economic activity.

Stewart Science Hall also makes possible community outreach activities such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community and the Food Chemistry and Green Chemistry programs offered to local Girl Scout members, among many others. 

Over the past 50 years, the number of students attending class in Stewart Science Hall has nearly tripled. Similarly, the number of academic programs offered within the building has grown to include more than 15 areas of study. 

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Julie Tischer, a 2013 biology alumna, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology Department at the University of Georgia.

Beginning her third year in the program, Tischer is studying the CRISPR-Cas system, an adaptive immune system in bacteria and archaea, and is fascinated by the ways tiny organisms influence the planet and public health. Specifically, Tischer is studying the function of the system and how it integrates small fragments of invading genetic elements, such as viruses, into its own genome. These fragments, according to Tischer, are then used to detect the invader if it ever returns again, recruiting proteins to chop up the foreign nucleic acid.

“Microbiology in general has so many broad impacts on the world, from industry to health care,” Tischer said. “CRISPR research, specifically, is revolutionizing science through its use as a gene editing tool. The CRISPR field is rapidly moving towards possibly one day being able to cure genetic diseases, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Studying the foundational mechanisms involved in the CRISPR-Cas immune system is allowing us to try things we never knew were possible.”

Tischer’s interest in the field dates back to her seventh grade life science teacher who inspired her to study biology in college. Years later, Tischer’s interest grew into a calling as a result of the support and encouragement of Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology at Waynesburg University.

“I was particularly inspired by Dr. Chad Sethman, from whom I took many courses, including microbiology. That was my favorite course by far, and sparked my enthusiasm to pursue the field for my graduate research,” she said.

From her microbiology course, Tischer developed an interest in becoming a part of discovering how organisms function, and how they can be useful to humans, she said. According to Tischer, “each and every one of [her] professors at Waynesburg University led [her] to where [she is] today,” but scientifically speaking, she said, her biology professors, and the personal relationships she shared with each of them, helped her to develop into a “competent research scientist.”

Tischer also credits her Waynesburg University education for granting her the opportunities necessary to be accepted into a selective graduate school program.

“Choosing Waynesburg University allowed me to have a variety of experiences I probably wouldn’t have been exposed to at a large institution,” she said. “Waynesburg University provided me with all the foundational tools necessary to have a successful graduate career in research.”

Upon graduation, Tischer plans to pursue a career in teaching — a career that she says will allow her to give back to future students.

“I have had so many influential mentors and teachers in my scientific career, and I really want to make a similar impact on developing scientists. I have such a passion for helping people get excited about science and research, and love to see that moment when something finally clicks in a student,” she said.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kaitlyn-Marteney_20150630-180026_1.jpgKaitlyn Marteney, a 2015 forensic accounting and criminal justice alumna, hasn’t wasted any time utilizing the skills she acquired through a number of courses and her two academic majors at Waynesburg University.

Marteney serves as a corporate internal auditor for Bayer, a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials, and is responsible for familiarizing herself with the appropriate policies surrounding the audit, as well as data analytics on provided documents.

“What I love about auditing is that every day is different. I preplan for audits for about two weeks and then spend the next three to four weeks performing the audit at the respective plant,” she said. “My audits are constantly changing; they may be similar, but are never the same. Each plant has a different means of operations; therefore, we have a different audit scope.”

Marteney is flown to various plant locations including Berkeley, California; Rockville, Maryland; Wilmington, North Carolina; Whippany, New Jersey; and Baytown, Texas.

Throughout the audit, Marteney is required to meet with key personnel from the plant to gain a better understanding of its operations. At the conclusion of the audit, Marteney and her audit team compile a report with their overall findings and related recommendations.

A perfect blend of accounting and criminal justice, Marteney chose auditing as a result of the way the two fields converge. A career that offers something different each day, Marteney is grateful for the structure of her undergraduate education, and the diversity of course requirements that have prepared her for her current work. Accounting and auditing principles, interview/interrogation techniques, knowledge related to breaches in security, and presentation and communication skills are just a few of the many competencies she utilizes daily.

In addition to her Waynesburg University education, Marteney is grateful for the spiritual guidance she received as a student at Waynesburg.

“The Waynesburg Business Department has taught me how to be a Christian in the workplace and not lose sight of my values,” she said. “My Waynesburg University career has shaped me to be full of integrity and faith. [Waynesburg alumni] view our careers as a calling and not just a job.”

Marteney is thankful for professors like James Tanda, instructor of Criminal Justice, and Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of Business Administration, and the importance they place on enriching the lives of their students.

“They have led me to where I am today,” she said. “Both of these professors have gone out of their way to meet with me and answer any questions that I have had over my four years at Waynesburg. It's great to know that your professors know you on a personal level and want to see you succeed.”

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